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USAfricaPOETRY

We are the Africans
By Konye Obaji Ori

Special to USAfricaonline.com

We are the Africans

We rose with the sun and fell with the rain,
Stood with the hills
And danced with the forest-
as we sing our song.

In the comfort of our huts and
thatch we sprung.

We are the Africans-
the paragons of nature-
Seemingly cursed by her grace;
Yet we live- blessed by the sun.

We are the Africans
“Never hide behind the curtains”
Queen Kahina would say.
“Peacocks are always proud,
Lions are never afraid,
And eagles are strong.”

We are the Africans
Sing us a good song and we will dance to it by the fireside
Sit by us and we will sing you stories of spiders;
to your awe

We are the Africans
The leopard never looses its spots
So our baroness stays for ever in our curtain ebony laces-
However brutalized it may seem.

And we will always be the Africans
Seated at the peak of King Khufu’s pyramids in Giza-
singing- living- dreaming.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Bafata Poetiri

    January 23, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Great piece. We are truly the Africans

  2. Segun

    July 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    This is brilliant!

  3. Ruth G. Inniss

    May 17, 2010 at 3:13 am

    I am an Independent Publicist, I sent some information regarding my client Omekongo Dibinga to your site. He is an Author, Poet, Motivational Speaker, CNN, Contributing Journalist & Rapper. He graduated from Georgetown University, now working on his ph.D in International Education. She just returned from the Congo speaking on the plight of the Females and other serious problems in the Congo. Omekongo has written a song, "Raise Hope For The Congo" the cd of the same title will be release in June. Some of the artist performing on the cd are Sheryl Crow, Mos Def, Meshell N'degeocello and Noah Jones just to name a few.He is available to do a "phoner." Hopefully there will be an interest to do a piece on him. Thanking you in advance. Have a good day. Ruth G. Inniss, PR & Consulting, Inc.

  4. Chimaobi

    March 18, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Beautiul. Thank you for sharing.

    – Chimaobi

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